The baseball universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
Trout isn’t merely the clear favorite to win AL Rookie of the Year — with apologies to Yu Darvish, Will Middlebrooks and Tom Milone. And he’s more than an increasingly safe bet to make the All-Star team. Trout has reshaped the race in one of baseball’s most competitive divisions, in a style just as breathtaking as the last player to pull off the MVP/ROY combo: Ichiro Suzuki. “What he’s doing for us right now,” one Angels official said Thursday, “is stunning.”
Seriously, is there a better choice as AL MVP right now? Paul Konerko might have the next-best case, given his .958 OPS for the division-leading Chicago White Sox, but he can’t match Trout’s contributions on defense and the basepaths. Josh Hamilton, although a perpetual candidate, is having a poor June.
Meanwhile, Trout’s statistics — like Trout himself — are a historic blur. He leads the AL with a .345 batting average — something only two rookies (Ichiro in 2001, Tony Oliva in 1964) have done over a full season in the modern era, according to STATS LLC.
With 48 runs scored, Trout is averaging nearly one per game, which is almost unheard of. He could finish the year as the major league leader in runs, despite missing the season’s first month. The same goes for stolen bases; he already ranks third in that category, with 21.
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 06:25 AM | 57 comment(s)
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